This was a bit of an impulse purchase for me but ever since I missed out on the Beauty Bay Book of Magic palette, I've been very curious about the Beauty Bay eyeshadow quality. I was really drawn to this colour story so I thought now would be a good time to try out the formula! Especially for £15, which is such a steal.
When this palette released I immediately really fell for the colour story, as I love green eyeshadow, so the two middle rows really spoke to me. I love how this palette is laid out as it's very easy to create a look with each row in this palette if you're unsure of what you want to do, so it feels very user friendly.
I really like how this colour story feels grungy yet colourful so I think it's going to speak to a lot of people. I have also seen it be compared to the Melt Vida and Muerte palettes and although I don't think they're spot on dupes there are definitely some similarities there.
I did find the matte cream, Snow, to be a bit of a waste of a shade in this palette as it won't work for deep skin tones (except for very specific looks I guess) and most people have a nude matte or even pressed powder that could be used instead.
Shades used: Leaf, Eucalyptus, Lime and Ray
Shades used: Mint, Snow, Ivy, Marigold, Fossil and Moss
Shades used: Raw, Twilight, Ocean, Ray, Breeze and Ocean
Shades used: Marigold, Sunrise, Earth and Fossil
Shades used: Mint, Forest, Ivy and Ray
Shades used: Sunrise, Poppy, Earth, Heat and Fossil
Shades used: Sky, Twilight, Ray, Ocean
Shades used: Marigold, Eucalyptus, Ivy, Moss and Fossil
Overall I found all the mattes to be very pigmented, to the point where they felt almost flakey, with most of them having a fair amount of kickback in the pan. I like the fact that there is a corresponding lighter colour to each of the deeper mattes as I found when trying to blend out the deeper mattes it didn't really work that well. At first I didn't think I needed the matte cream, Snow, but as I found some of the shade a bit tough to blend out I did find myself reaching for that shade too. I think this matte formula is comparable to the matte formula from Colourpop. I also did find there to be some very light staining from the deep blue and the two reds but all I needed to do was do my makeup removal step twice and after that it was barely noticeable.
As for the shimmers, I'm actually pretty impressed by how they performed. They all almost feel like cream shadows in their texture and where very difficult to pick up with a brush so I tended to just use my fingers (which is what I normally do) which was fine but meant it was difficult to be precise with where I was placing them. The one exception to this formula is Fossil, which feels and applies like a Colourpop Supershock shadow. I'm assuming this means that it will dry out pretty quickly the way most cream shadows do, so just be aware of that!
I think this palette is excellent for the price, as you get a great selection of colours and some fun shimmer formulas. However I am a bit of a formula snob so I don't think this is the be-all end-all shadow palette but for £15, it's definitely worth it. I'm not sure how the shimmers will last as they all feel quite creamy so they may dry out quicker but if you feel like you'd get your moneys worth out fo this palette I'd recommend picking.
This palette is available on the Beauty Bay website and they regularly have discounts available, so I'm sure you could get it for even cheaper!
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